GenEq Workshops

The Gender Equity Resource Center offers educational opportunities through a variety of staff and student led workshops. Workshops for campus organizations and departments are free, though we ask you submit workshop requests at least two weeks in advance.  The earlier we recieve a request the more likely we will be able to accommodate your requested dates.  Workshop requests from off-campus organizations will be considered, though availability may be restricted, and will only be presented for a fee.

* For info about the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Education Requirement, click the "Education & Training" tab on

Request a Workshop

We share a workshop request form with our other colleagues in the Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement.  When you are filling out the form, please indicate you would like a workshop from the Gender Equity Resource Center.  Please click here to request a workshop!  

Workshops by Category

(Scroll down for descriptions of each workshop)

 Cal Self-Defense For All (CSDA)

LGBTQ Workshops

Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence 

Gender Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Cal Self Defense for All 

Cal Self Defense for All (CSDA) is a program that addresses violence and harassment in our community by empowering members of our community to know about the problem, develop personal strategies, and learn about physical resistive techniques in a supportive environment. Building on our current CalRAD Program (using Rape Aggression Defense Systems curriculum) that is focused on women, we are expanding this programs to include more offerings like R.A.D. for Men and specific programming addressing the needs of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ+) community on campus.

Remaining Classes for Fall 2018

Self Defense for Self Determination:
Intro to Self Defense and De-escalation Strategies
Wednesday 11/14/2018, 5-7pm
Putnam Main Lounge at Unit 1, 2650 Durant Ave

This workshop will be led by Mamie Chow, who holds a 3rd degree black belt from Wild Crane Rising Martial Arts, a community-based school that trains in a contemporary style of Tae Kwon Do. Mamie's approach to self defense values social justice, preventing verbal and physical violence, and creating an encouraging space to practice self and community defense skills. In the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in hate crimes, harassment and bullying that targets every minority group -- it is vital for us to have safe spaces to practice how to assess and handle these situations so that we are better prepared if we become targets or witness others being targeted.

There will be ample time to strategize and practice dealing with challenging situations that have occurred or may occur on UC Berkeley's campus or classrooms. Upcoming workshops will feature:
-Increasing your awareness and confident body language
-Practicing verbal boundary-setting
-How to stay calm in stressful, potentially dangerous situations
-What to do when you see someone else getting harassed
-Important things to consider in assessing whether or not to get involved
-De-escalation strategies
-Practicing verbal de-escalation
-A range of physical tactics (such as using everyday items in your bag to protect yourself, defensive blocks and strikes)

Workshops are set every semester, and can be requested based on instructor availability.  Please email for more information.

Fresh Out of the Box

90 Minutes
Facilitators Request: Room with moveable chairs (preferred), 8-30 participants, at least two weeks notice, need wall space and blue tape.
This interactive workshop explores gender roles and sexism by looking at language and behavior. Using fun exercises participants engage in dialogue about sexuality and the social construction of gender. This workshop addresses male privilege, the intersection of racism, sexism, and heterosexism.

Gender, Sex & Sexism

90 minutes
Facilitators Request: Room with moveable chairs (preferred), 8-30 participants, at least two weeks notice, need wall space and blue tape.
An interactive workshop that defines sexism while addressing the differences between gender and sex.  We begin with definitions to engage people of all levels of experience.  Throughout the workshop, participants will discuss gendered language and perceptions, unconscious gender bias, intersections of different identities, and their own ideas and experiences of sexism.

Healthy Relationships

90 Minutes
Facilitators Request: Room with moveable chairs (preferred), 8-30 participants, at least two weeks notice, need wall space and blue tape.
Most college students are involved in some sort of romantic relationship at some point during their time at school. This workshop educates students about what a healthy relationship looks like, and in turn what an unhealthy relationship looks like.  In addition, discussion will also include steps a person can take to get out of an abusive relationship, how to help a friend, and how to recognize if you are hurting someone.

Sexual Harassment

90 minutes
Facilitators Request: Room with moveable chairs (preferred), 8-30 participants, at least two weeks notice, need wall space and blue tape.
The sexual harassment workshop focuses on definitions, discussion and resources to address unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other conduct of a sexual nature. The workshop has an interactive component where participants explore actual case studies and discuss in practice what constitutes inappropriate behavior.  Partipants will leave with a greater understanding of how to handle uncomfortable situations and a list of resources to turn to when situations escalate.

Spectrum of Sexual Violence

90 Minutes
Facilitators Request: Room with moveable chairs (preferred), 8-30 participants, at least two weeks notice, need wall space and blue tape.
This interactive workshop will cover the spectrum of sexual violence, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual assault.  We can tailor the content according to the needs of your group.  Typically, we will go over definitions, resources, and ways you can help a friend who has been impacted by sexual and/or relationship violence.  

Trans 101

90 Minutes 
Interested in learning more about transgender identities and related issues? This workshop is designed as an introduction to transgender issues and allyship, but is also rich enough for those who have a basic understanding to also take their allyship to the next level! The workshop offers a great opportunity to begin a conversation about what it means to identify as transgender, and how to support transgender individuals. We'll talk about the spectrum of gender identities that fall under the transgender umbrella and concepts such as gender, gender identity, and sex. We'll also talk about the ways that transgender people experience discrimination and transphobia, as well as about tips on how to be a respectful and informed ally.

Trans: Gender Identity Inclusion

2 hours
Register for Open Enrollment Workshops for Summer 2016!
Trans people have gained a new level of visibility in the past few years, but it has not been paired with the widespread education necessary to move from basic awareness to actual inclusion. This workshop will cover foundational concepts and critical information about gender identity and trans-related issues, which will allow you to better integrate trans-inclusive practices into your work practices and department. This is a staff-oriented workshop.  
Why YOU need to attend and/or request this workshop:
  • Do you know how to respond if a staff member you supervise initiates a gender confirmation plan to undergo transition in the workplace?
  • Are you aware that many students and other staff members use pronouns such as “they” and “ze”? 
  • Gender identity is a protected category in state non-discrimination law and campus non-discrimination policy, are you are aware of what you need to know to be in compliance?
  • You've never been to a trans-focused workshop before - you may not know what you don't know!
Trans: A term meant to represent the breadth and depth of gender diversity of those whose current gender identity is different than the gender they were assigned at birth.